Mindy Kaling: ‘The Office’ Would Be Too ‘Taboo’ And ‘Inappropriate’ To Air Today

Mindy Kaling doesn’t assume “The Office” would resonate the identical manner with in the present day’s grownup audiences — and never simply because many are opting to work remotely.

Kaling, who wrote for and acted within the beloved collection, appeared on “Good Morning America” final week, and the dialog rapidly pivoted in direction of “The Office” and the way the present that aired its finale in 2013 has gained “a whole new generation of fans,” due to its availability on Peacock.

A forged photograph of “The Office” in 2006.

Kaling was then requested if she would ever introduce her personal children — Katherine, 4, and Spencer, 2 — to the Emmy-winning comedy that launched her profession.

In response, the “Sex Lives of College Girls” and “Never Have I Ever” creator mentioned she would “never” introduce her children to “The Office,” saying it’s “so inappropriate now.”

“The writers who I’m still in touch with now, we always talk about how so much of that show we probably couldn’t make now,” Kaling mentioned. “Tastes have changed, and honestly what offends people has changed so much now. I think that actually is one of the reasons the show is popular, because people feel like there’s something kind of fearless about it or taboo that it talks about on the show.”

“The Mindy Project” star and creator admitted that her children will most likely wish to take a look at “The Office” once they’re youngsters.

“It seems like a 15-year-old boy is the biggest fan of ‘The Office’ right now,” she mentioned.

Earlier within the interview, when Kaling was requested what her “The Office” character — the shallow and pop-culture obsessed Kelly Kapoor — could be doing in the present day, Kaling responded:

“I think she would have quit Dunder Mifflin to become an influencer, and then probably be canceled, almost immediately. Actually, most of the characters on that show would be canceled by now.”

Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office.”
Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on “The Office.”

Kaling’s opinion does have some advantage.

“The Office,” an American adaptation of the British TV collection of the identical title, ran for 9 seasons on NBC between 2005 and 2013. Throughout its tenure the present aired episodes that would make individuals who have been followers of the present when it aired cringe in the present day. This contains racist and fats jokes, as Looper identified in 2020.

But, regardless of some scenes and jokes they could have aged poorly, the present stays to be immensely common. Quickly after it ended its run on NBC, it grew to become obtainable on Netflix and remained one in every of its most-watched acquired reveals till early 2020.


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